2012 Te Mata Gamay Noir Hawkes Bay New Zealand

SKU #1122402 90 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Amazing Beaujolais style to this wine with grapy, wet earth character. It's medium-bodied, with fresh acidity and a long finish. So much going on here. One of the only producer in New Zealand of Gamay. It was started in 1995. Cuttings came from Beaujolais. Lovely texture to it. Drink now Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Te Mata's 2012 Gamay Noir is a single vineyard wine from the estate's Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard. Before being aged in seasoned French oak barrels, 2/3 of the wine was fermented using carbonic maceration, and the other 1/3 via tradional fermentation. From the winery: "Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’12 is a fabulous bright crimson, with aromas and flavours of fresh roses, black cherries, raspberries, cinnamon and marzipan. The palate is full-flavoured, very ripe and supple, with refreshing, fine tannins and a soft, dry finish."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2013 | Send Email
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Made in a very convincing Beaujolais style with partial carbonic maceration fermentation, this is such a fun and delicious wine. Spicy, crunchy red berries with silky, supple tannin and just a whiff of cracked black pepper to distinguish it as a Hawke’s Bay wine. Perfect for summer BBQ with chicken and fish. Once you try one this will be a new favorite I’m sure!
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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2013 | Send Email
Gamay from Hawkes Bay? Absolutely. Compare this with good quality cru Beaujolais around the same price and I think it will quickly earn your respect. This wine has a similarly crunchy red fruited aspect, with wonderful minerality as well. Highly recommended.

By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2013 | Send Email
New Zealand has become well known for world class Pinot Noir, so why not the other red grape of Burgundy, Gamay. This wine is made in the traditional style with 66% of the grapes starting fermentation with the technique of carbonic maceration to emphasize fruit and floral character. The bouquet shows dark plum, cranberry, earth, a floral lift and a hint of white pepper spice.On the palate the wine is fresh and vibrant with supple tannins and good length.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2013 | Send Email
What a surprise! Gamay is a notoriously reluctant traveler, and usually fails outside of Beaujolais, but the Te Mata is the exception that proves the rule. This gamay has an almost agave like nose of earth, spice and iron and a delicious light bodied, tangy palate impression. On the finish this feather weight wine comes on strong- there is more to this then just simple summer red! Try it out- it won't disappoint you.

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